For NASA, 2022 was both super-complicated and outstanding. It is remembered for the start of operation of the James Webb Space Telescope and the first images it received, the successful launch and completion of the Artemis I program, as well as the “shot” at the asteroid. So what will happen next? The Space Agency has published a video allowing us to see the space plans that will take place in 2023.
The video contains a comment by NASA administrator Bill Nelson, beginning with his words: “We will never stop exploring the unknown in the sky and space”. NASA has a busy list of plans for next year. NASA will announce the selection of astronauts for the Artemis II mission, the first crewed flight in the new era of lunar exploration. We are also expecting prototypes of spacesuits for future Artemis missions.
This year, Boeing will finally launch astronauts to the International Space Station on its Starliner spacecraft to catch up with SpaceX and its successful Crew Dragon capsule. Also this year, material from the asteroid Bennu, collected as part of the Osiris-Rex mission, will be delivered. NASA also hopes to finally launch the delayed Psyche mission to visit the metal-rich asteroid.
Perhaps less well-known, but no less important are a number of climate-related projects, including the launch of the TEMPO pollution monitoring satellite and the launch of the NASA Earth Information Center project for the exchange of data on weather, water and climate on Earth.
NASA will be busy not only with space. The agency is working on an innovative supersonic X-59 aircraft and an all-electric X-57 aircraft as ways to improve and reduce the cost of air travel.
Finally, we will be amazed by new images and discoveries from James Webb – new interesting details will surprise us throughout 2023.
Earlier we talked about the main astronomical events of January 2023.
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